The creative work of Brian Robison reflects his performing experience in a broad range of musical styles. Recent awards include commissions from the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund (2008) and Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble (2008), and composer residencies at Aaron Copland House (2006), the MacDowell Colony (2006), and Norton Island (2005). Additionally, in 2005 a comprehensive “Brian Robison Collection” was initiated as part of the Contemporary Music Research Collection in the Diehn Composers Room at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), to facilitate scholarly investigation of his music.
In July 2000, the American Composers Orchestra named him the winner of the 2000 Whitaker Commission; the new work, In search of the miraculous, received its world premiere performance by the ACO in Carnegie Hall in 2003. A recording of his first work for wind ensemble, The Congress of the Insomniacs, is available on the disc Waking winds (Innova Records 621). Dr. Robison has also composed and performed soundtracks to short silent films in the DVD setsMore treasures from American film archives, 1894-1931 and Treasures III: Social issues in American film, 1900-1931, and will contribute another soundtrack to a forthcoming set of early Westerns.
In September 2010, Dr. Robison will present a paper on the significance of the so-called Sensitive Female Chord Progression, at the Eleventh International Congress on Musical Signification, in Kraków, Poland. His analytic work includes published articles on the music of Sir Harrison Birtwistle and King Crimson.